852.00/10–2347: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Embassy in Spain

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830. You should tell Erice that matter seems to us entirely between Span and Brit Govts and one in which we cannot intervene. You should add we know nothing of alleged commitment by Eden (second para Embtel 904 Oct 23 rptd London 75) but that for our part, in absence of any specific and binding agreement on question with foreign govt, we would feel free to get info on conditions abroad from any and all available sources.

In your discretion you may inform your Brit colleague fully Erice conversation and your reply for info FonOff.

Sent Madrid 830 rptd London 4560.